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Wales Bill v2.0 – What do you think?


​The latest version of the Wales Bill, which will define what powers lie here and how the country is run, is being examined by a National Assembly for Wales committee.

The Interim Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee is asking people what they think of the proposals which are currently being considered by the UK Parliament.

The Committee's predecessor examined the draft version of the Bill, and many of the comments and concerns it raised are reflected in this latest iteration.

"This Bill is of major importance and will set the framework for making laws in Wales that will affect its citizens over the coming years," said David Melding AM, Chair of the Committee.

"After so many previous Acts, it is vital that we get this one right. So, we would like to hear the views of as many people as possible from across Welsh society to help with that process.

"Our terms of reference for the work are based on the conclusions of our predecessor committee's report on the draft Wales Bill.

"We are interested to hear the extent to which people consider the Bill is an improvement on the previous draft and also to what extent it will provide the clear, coherent and workable settlement that Wales needs."

The Committee's predecessor called for, among other recommendations:

  • The removal of the necessity test or its replacement by a test based on appropriateness;

  • A system for requiring Minister of the Crown consents that reflects the model in the Scotland Act 1998;

  • A significant reduction in the number and extent of specific reservations and restrictions; and

  • A distinct jurisdiction in which Welsh Acts extend only to Wales; 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the inquiry can do so, either by emailing, or by writing to:

Clerk to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

The Committee can also be followed on Twitter @SeneddCLA.

Further information: UK Government's Wales Bill

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